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Grants awarded: 2018

Grants awarded: 2018

The Gino Watkins Memorial Fund, under the joint trusteeship of the University of Cambridge and the Royal Geographical Society, gives grants towards expeditions that meet its objectives of guiding and inspiring enterprising people towards scientific research and exploration in the polar regions.

The Committee of Managers of the Fund would like to thank the Augustine Courtauld Trust for their generous contribution of £9,000. The members of the Committee who served during the year were Dr L Craig (Chair), Professor I Campbell, Professor J Dowdeswell, Mr R Durbridge, Mr D Fordham, Dr D Goodman, Mr N Gwynne, Dr M Humphreys, Professor M Lea, Mr R Page, Professor R C Schroter, and Dr M Tinsley.

The Committee met on the 24 February 2018 and made the following awards:

Expedition Report Description Award
Artist in Residence, Western Greenland. Postponed Visual arts residency, based primarily in Kunstmuseum, Ilulissat, Greenland, Feb-March 2018. £1,000
Greenland North Liverpool Land Independent Group Expedition, 2018. Final report To further explore the mountains and glaciers of North Liverpool Land, by ski mountaineering and to make alpine-style first ascents of unclimbed peaks. £2,500
Unfinished business – a sea kayak journey to the 1931 BAARE base camp, East Greenland, 2018. Final report Travel south from Tasiilaq, by kayak and establish a base in Nattivit Fjord at the site of the original BAARE base. Establish a route onto the ice cap in line with the original used by Gino Watkins team members in 1930.


Simpson Award
Controls on the biogeochemical cycling of Nitrogen: A study of the Greenland Ice Sheet, 2018. Final report Leverhulme funded project to investigate biogeochemical cycling of nitrogen beneath glaciers, to improve the understanding of the role of ice sheets in nitrogen cycling. £500
Oxford University Liverpool Land Expedition, 2018. Final report To understand the history of a subducted slice of continental crust in Liverpool Land in north east Greenland, carrying out geological mapping at multiple scales and collecting data and samples on the Tvaerdal Plateau. £3,000
Moskus Expedition 2018: the Stauning Alps, eastern Greenland. Final report To climb at least two unclimbed peaks and to conduct climate change-related scientific research and glaciological study of the Roslin Glacier. £2,000 + £2,000 Arctic Club = £4,000
Green Zero expedition, southern Greenland, 2018. Postponed To kite ski, unsupported, the 2500km from Narsarsuaq, southern Greenland across the Greenlandic ice cap to Qaanaaq in north eastern Greenland, whilst leaving zero environmental impact. £2,000 + £3,000 Arctic Club = £5,000
South Greenland geological mapping and education expedition, St Anne's College, University of Oxford, 2018. Final report To use documentation of a geological mapping expedition in south Greenland as a method of engaging with young people about the role of resource management in the Arctic. £3,000
The South Georgia Archaeological Project: investigating the history of sealing, February 2019. Preliminary report To provide the first baseline understanding of the character (scale, layout and date) and preservation of South Georgia's earliest occupation and industrial sites: seal hunting and processing camps. £2,500
Supraglacial rock avalanches as a source of nutrients for glacial and extra-glacial ecosystems, Glacier Bay NP, Alaska Final report To investigate large rock avalanches onto glacier surfaces, and their ability to transport nutrients to glacial environments. £1,500
A woman at 80 degrees, 83 years on, Svalbard Postponed To promote historic and modern female expedition endeavours and women in the Arctic in the centenary year of women's rights. £2,000 + £3,000 Arctic Club = £5,000